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 How Green is our Valley?
BC Scene Agricultural
and Heritage Tours
by Jerry W. Bird

Working closely with the powers that be from Abbotsford and surrounding communities these last few years takes me back to some very special occasions, beginning with an assignment for the Cargill Corporation. In this educational video, I profiled their state of the art facility on Mt. Lehman Road for a feature on Canadian hybrid livestock. Our newest section for BCScene is in progress as are several other features on agriculture in the Fraser Valley. Last year we interviewed Herman Driediger a leader in agricultural matters, and this will be the platform for a fascinating series. BC's Agricultural Heritage is also mentioned in our recent article on Fort Langley.

Some of my fondest memories occurred during public relations and media projects I worked on that were related to the business of agriculture. The days I spent working on a farm near Govan, Saskatchewan during my leave from the RCAF Macdonald Airforce Base, near Portage La Prairie, Manitoba provided another opportunity to sample and savor farm life. Later, in the public relations world, I worked with experts from such well known companies as Cargill Grain, Eli Lily, Dupont , May & Baker, the Propane Gas Association of Canada and Alberta Agriculture, learning about their latest products and services. In the process, I toured farms and ranches across Canada, and in Montana, Idaho and California.

farm sceneThat's why it feels so natural to be introducing and featuring Agri-Tours and talking about various people and places from our heritage years.

Major content for this series is currently being written and will be on line soon. This includes scanned images from our magazine's extensive archives. It will also include sample tour itineraries and exchange programs.


Photos by Jerry W. Bird and Tourism BC